One of the tables at the 2016 RRRA Hamfest & ARRL ND State Convention was a display about the National Silent Key Archive™ featuring North Dakota Amateur Radio Operators from before 1946; back when our prefix was “W9.”This display was created, and manned, by Gordon Bean, K8MRS, of St. Charles, Michigan.
Gordon introduced convention goers to the National Silent Key Archive™ and handed out information sheets which encouraged fellow radio amateurs to submit known silent keys to the Archive.
About the National Silent Key Archive™
The National Silent Key Archive™ is a digital library that protects and preserves photos, data, and stories about our deceased friends and family members who served Amateur Radio and the communities where we live. With a successful National Silent Key Archive, Silent Key data will be preserved and available for the Amateur Fraternity.
The success of the Archive depends mostly on the willingness Amateur Radio Operators to volunteer small segments of time to submit photographs, obituaries, and life event narratives of their deceased Amateur Radio friends and family members. The scope of what the National Silent Key Archive hopes to accomplish requires much more dedication and time than a single individual can put forth. Through the efforts of many, however, the National Silent Key Archive™ can become an outstanding and respected Amateur Radio historical reference.